Toast pumpkin seeds for a nutritious treat
Last updated 10/28/2020 at 10:33am
Pumpkins are one of the highpoints of the fall harvest. The fruit originated in Central America. Pumpkins - like cantaloupes, cucumbers and squash - belong to the Cucurbitaceae, or gourd family. Most of the pumpkins that are grown in the United States come from Illinois and become available in October.
Whole pumpkins and the carved pumpkin shell are often used as decorative items. The interior pulp is a nutritious addition to savory and sweet dishes, but don't throw out the seeds! Pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack that's low in calories, high in protein and rich in fiber, as well as vitamins...